Collectors Envision David Bradley Museum

| September/October 1996

1933 Handiman Garden Tractor

Reprinted with permission, this article originally appeared in the March 10, 1996 Kankakee [Illinois] Journal. It was sent to us by Robert Simpson, 442 N. Michigan Ave., Bradley, IL 60915.

Relics of the age of manufacturing of iron-wheeled agricultural implements at David Bradley Manufacturing Company were returned to the area this week, where collectors hope to create a museum dedicated to the firm that gave its name to the town known as North Kankakee.

George Bingley, formerly vice president of engineering for the Roper Outdoor Products Division that succeeded David Bradley, arranged the return of several pieces of equipment made in Bradley:

A vintage 1933 Handiman Garden Tractor (pictured at right),

Two horse-drawn 14-inch steel beam walk-behind plows from 1930,

Two suburban riding garden tractors and mowers produced at the Bradley plant in the 1960s by the Roper Corp., and

james thomas
9/22/2012 5:11:25 PM

I just got a db manure spreader Model # 91748411. Does anyone know what year these were made and if you can still get parts for them?

Erv and Gail Lemon
9/20/2009 9:43:13 PM

Hi, We have had David Bradley tractors,equipment and chainsaws for Years. When I was young my dad had both tractors and saws and can remember very well seeing him break the garden and cut trees. Just recently Erv came across a old DB chainsaw and I have looked every where to find info on it but have had no luck, maybe you could help us? It is yellow, has a Serial No 3483127. Can you tell us about what year it is? It still runs and he is about to go try it to see if it still cut. Our DB tractor which Erv built a sulky for we enjoy riding out back in the woods, to watch deer, turkeys and whatever else is there. I look forward to hearing from you or anyone else who might fill us in. Thank You, Erv and Gail Lemon Grand Junction, MI